What is Adoption?
Adoption is a legal process in which an individual or a couple assumes the parental responsibilities for a child. Adoption establishes a new, lifelong relationship between the adoptive parents and the child, granting the adoptive parents the same legal rights, privileges, and obligations as if the child were born to them. It provides the child with a loving and stable family, emotional support, and a sense of belonging.
- Adoption provides a child with the nurturing, human connection and reliable support system that they need throughout their lives to advance in growth and development, It provides them a sense of security, as well as sets them up for happiness and success in life.
- For adoptive parents and families, the adoption of a child can not only fulfil the “lifelong dream” of raising a child, but can also satisfy the desire to expand one’s family to include more than one child.
Our Mission at
The Adoption Department of
Hermanitos Unidos – Siblings United Foster Family and Adoption Agency
- To assist individuals, couples, and families living in California in their pursuit of child adoption.
- Providing these individuals, couples, families with help guidance, support & resources throughout the entire adoption process.
- Facilitate the goal of providing one or more children a life filled with love, opportunity & joy that they deserve.
CA Adoption Statistics
In 2020, California had 7,575 domestic adoptions (2,175 private, 5,400 public) and 130 intercountry ones. Historically, California is among the top three states, along with Texas and Florida, for children awaiting adoption in the United States.
|Adoption Type||2020 Data|
|Total Adoptions California||7,575|
|Foster Care Adoptions||5,400|
U.S. Adoption Statistics
Out Of the 95,306 domestic adoptions in the country by the year 2020, 19,658 were private adoptions, 57,794 were adoptions through the public child welfare system (foster care), and 1,622 were intercountry adoptions.
|Adoption Type||2020 Data|
|Total Adoptions US||79,074|
|Foster Care Adoptions||57,794|
The Adoption Process in California
The success of an adoption in California depends is contingent upon the succesful completion of the following criteria.
- Financial Status – Adoptive parents are required to provide evidence that proves that they posses the financial status and security sufficient for providing for the child they are adopting, as well as the family as a whole.
- Criminal Background Check – Necessary evidence of a clean criminal background to be submitted to the court by adopting parent(s).
- Age Requirement – Adoptive parents must prove that they are at least 10 years older than the child that they are adopting.
Per California law, it is the “court that establishes the legal parent-child relationship between a child and a parent who is not the child’s biological or birth parent. This Includes adoption by a stepparent, adoption of an adult, and/or an international (intercountry) adoption of a child abroad. In order for this to happen, the following steps must be taken.
- Adoption Type Selected.
- Choose an appropriate adoption attorney or agency.
- Choose a proposed or desired source, e.g., private individual, foster care system.
- Meet or introduce child identified for adoption, develop or provide evidence of relationship, confirm consent from all birth parents.
- Complete and sign required forms (see Necessary Forms).
- Start home study process.
- Comply with scheduled court hearings and finalize adoption